Where We All Live, but Refuse to See

you_are_here_by_ibon16-d5c9ypsWe are so smart, we humans.

We’ve got everything figured out. Between our philosophers, our scientists, our motivational speakers, self-help authors, politicians, and our next door neighbors, we’ve got all the information that we need to know what’s going on around us and how to live our lives. It’s amazing how far we’ve come since we’ve flushed the idea that God actually created everything and knew what He was talking about.

We live in a rational world now. We are pragmatic, without need for spiritual “shtuff.” We live in a physical world, within which everything either has been, or will be, figured out to our satisfaction.

Start of the Universe = Big Bang

Start of life = Chemical/Biological Evolution

Need for a God = Well, we probably shouldn’t go there.

State of our existence: Physical

Yep. Everything is all figured out. Never mind that we are a people who are failing miserably in how to conduct our lives with respect and love for one another. Never mind that nations are continuously rising up against each other. Never mind that Israel and her people are unending targets of bigotry, genocide, and political hatred.

Yep. We know how to kill babies and fight for the lives of murderers on death row. We know how to take from people who produce wealth, jobs, prosperity, and opportunities and give the rewards of their efforts to people who intentionally do nothing to better their lives.

Yep. We can be few in number, yet scream at the top of our lungs to be heard about our causes, then accuse those who disagree of being haters, homophobes, “birthers,” dismissers of climate evidence, etc. We will belittle anyone who holds a different view, regardless of how much proof they may have. We will put the majority in its place by making them feel guilty about their stances, regardless of how well-founded their arguments.

Life on Earth. Doesn’t it just make you giddy with enthusiasm? Don’t you just enjoy everything you see?

But what about those things that we refuse to see? What about the things that we dismiss because we are so “rational” about the physical world around us?

What about the Otherealm?

Once upon a time, everything was perfect. Better stated, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Then man got a hold of it and decided he knew better how to rule himself. Everything has been a downhill slide ever since. Well, two downhill slides. We did get a chance to fix things after the Flood, but we blew that, too.

Why do we keep failing so miserably as human beings? I mean, if we were “evolving,” shouldn’t things be getting progressively better? It almost seems like something is keeping us from making better decisions.

Something or some…things.

Okay, here’s the deal in as few a number of words as I can manage: We are not alone. X-Files, baby! (Just kidding!) X-Files aside, we truly are NOT alone.

We are living in a world within another world. There is a physical realm and there is a spirit realm. The two of them together make up what I’ve coined as the Otherealm.

Those of you who have read my first novel already have a clue about what the Otherealm is. It is where Heaven, Hell, and Man battle for the soul. It’s a place of conflict. It is where you live. It is where we ALL live, but oftentimes refuse to see. Why? Because it makes people uncomfortable. After all, if there is truly a spirit realm, then things live in that realm that we are not able to see. Things called Angels and Demons, and God forbid … God.

Forewarning. I’m about to make a statement that will make most people uncomfortable. Turn back now if you don’t want the truth.

Well, you had your chance…

The reason that life is not perfect is that there is an Enemy that sees to it that we will experience misery in all of its known forms.

But, first thing’s first. You see, there IS a God. And that God is love. He doesn’t have love. He is love. This God of love, that so many in the world hate, created some beings. A lot of beings, and these beings were created before God created Man.

These beings were (and most still are) beautiful and strong. They had a purpose and existence that was magnificent, purposeful, and satisfying. But there was one being…

This one being was stronger and more beautiful than the rest. It was created to be special and to be looked upon for his strength and loyalty. He was called the “Son of the Morning.” He sounds magnificent, doesn’t he? “Son of the Morning” would be the English interpretation of the name Lucifer.

That’s right. Him. Now you know of whom I speak.

This amazing angel took it upon himself to try to give himself a more important role. He wanted to be like God. He wanted to actually take God’s throne and relegate the Creator to position #2 (if He was going to be allowed to stay at all). Completely stupid. A finite being trying to usurp the authority and position of an infinite being. Utterly stupid.

Well, as you might imagine, that didn’t go over very well, even after Lucifer had succeeded in convincing a third of the other created beings to side with him. It didn’t take much effort, I’m sure, for God to cast these evil-hearted creatures from Heaven to this newly formed planet called Earth.

On Earth, these beings laid in wait. For what? An opportunity to get at God. Lucifer—now called Satan (which means adversary)—saw his chance come when God created another special being, Man. Specifically, Adam (and yes, he did exist. He’s not a “Bible story”). Then from Adam, Eve.

The long and the short of it is this. Man and woman were perfect. They knew perfect love for and with God and they knew perfect love for each other. They lived on an unspoiled Earth with tame animals and nothing deadly. Satan tricked Adam and Eve into wanting a more important role. Sound familiar? Adam and Eve—and ultimately, WE—grabbed at the chance. We sinned as a result of our greed and our belief that God was holding out on us.

We regretted it; back then and today. We still live with the impact of that act of rebellion. We live in a fallen world, and there is nothing that any of us can do to reverse that. We cannot make this world a better place. It is not in us to get that done. Even when good people diligently try, they encounter resistance and ultimately end up with limited results.

Why?

Because there is always resistance. There is still the same number of fallen angelic beings on this earth as there was the day they got the boot from Heaven. These beings hate mankind. They loathe you and me. There is no mercy in them, because we were created in the image of their enemy, God.

Enter the Otherealm. This is that place where the physical and the spiritual worlds intersect. This is that place where all of us live. This is where the war is fought.

Do you know there is a war that is fought daily for you? There is a God of love who desperately wants to rescue you, and there is an Enemy that desperately wants to destroy you. Both are succeeding in this war. God is daily winning the hearts of people, saving them from their Hell-condemning sins. (Hell is everyone’s default destination, by the way.) Satan is daily winning the minds of people, deceiving them into believing that… “I’m okay.” “There is no God.” “My god is better than that Christian God.” “My private spirituality is all that I need.” “I believe that I’m going to come back again to make up for the mistakes of past lives.” “I am my own god.” “I’m going to become a god like the God of the Bible.” “Evolution answers everything.” “Science answers everything.” “There is no Hell.”

People like to think that there are lots of good beliefs or paths that lead to peace and to their own versions of Heaven. But in reality there are only two beliefs: 1) Believing in the God who makes Himself known through the pages of the Bible, and 2) every other false belief that has been developed by a cunning Enemy.

Christians (people who truly accept Jesus as their Savior, Lord, and primary relationship) are trying desperately to win as many people to Christ as possible. Letting people know that we are all in trouble, that none of us is worthy of Heaven. God is giving them the courage to make this known to non-believers, not to annoy them/you, but to love you.

In the Otherealm there is conflict—hellish warfare—that is taking place all the time. The war is being fought over all of us; believers and non-believers, alike.

The Enemy is fighting to keep people blind to the truth, convincing them that they don’t need God. God’s Warriors (angels) are fighting to keep the doorway to Truth open and aiding Christians in their mission to share the love of Jesus with others. The Enemy is also fighting to keep Christians ineffective; to disable them; to distract them from their mission. This is the Otherealm in all of its ugly reality. This is where we live.

If you are a Christian, and haven’t been clued in on this information yet, let this be a wake up call to start fighting this Enemy. If you are a Christian who already knows this, keep fighting. Keep pressing forward. Keep praying. You have a great contingent of angelic warriors who have your back. Though you cannot control them, they are fighting with you.

If you are a non-Christian, you’ve got some evaluating to do. It would be smart to look into this. Don’t judge Christianity, and Jesus Himself, through the prism of failures that some Christians have made. Your relationship with God is not based on what other Christians have done. Your relationship with God is based on what God has done for you, out of His love for you, and out of the price that He paid for you … so that you can know life, peace, joy, and eternity on a renewed, perfect Earth that we will one day call “Heaven” (Book of Revelation, Chapter 21 & 22).

For your own sake, for your own safety, I’m asking you to allow yourself to see the reality of where we all live.

Allow yourself to see realities of the Otherealm … where Heaven, Hell, and Man battle for the soul.

www.WFranklinLattimore.com

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About ImpactWriter

W. Franklin Lattimore is the published author of the Otherealm Saga, four Christian suspense novels based on spiritual warfare. 1: "Deliver Us from Darkness," 2: "When Darkness Comes," and 3: "Behind the Darkness." Novel 4, "That Dark Place," is his current work in progress. Frank's former involvement in the occult as a teenager was the springboard for writing the Otherealm Saga. Now, as a committed Christian, his novels are written as a wake-up call to those dabbling in, curious about, and heavily active in witchcraft and other "spiritual" activities. In addition, his books are designed to educate Christians on their position and authority in Christ and their common responsibility to make Jesus known to their communities, while possibly having to take some risks to do so. Frank a graduate of Kent State University, with a B.A. in Political Science. In addition to his formal education, Apologetics (the study of the evidences supporting the Christian faith) and Creation Science are favorite areas of study. He is active in his “Rockin” church and in his free time enjoys hiking, biking, ziplining, fishing, riding roller coasters, target shooting, and eating crispy BBQ wings.
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